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VOL. XXII. PICKENS, S. C., THRDY9PI 5 84 ~ 9 A.ROW IN DARLINGTON. AN ARMED MOB WANTED TO ATTACK 8TATE CONSTABLES. The aGns of the Darlington Guards Takoe from the Armory to Make the Militis Powerless-'the Full story of the At. fair. f0OLUMBIA, S. C., March 29.-There came near being a big riot in Darling ton yesterday over the raiding of blind tigers by State constables. The matter fortunately passed over without blood shed, but-the indications for some time were for serious trouble. The first known of the trouble here was about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, when Governor Tillman received a tel egrm from Dispenser Floyd 'saying that raids were being made and that a mob was on the streets armed with Winchesters. From then on until 9 o'clock last night the wires between here and Darlington- were kept hot with telegrams. As will be seen from the story pub lished below the mob took the arms of the Darlington Guards,leaving no arm ed organization to uphold the law. Governor T liman promptly provided for the mainainance of the law by tel egraphing to Sunfter and putting the Sumter Light Infantry in readiness to go to Darlington and by arranging for a special train to take the company to Darlington. The full story of the trouble is found in the following telegrams. These are all thetelegrams which pasbed between the Governor and Darlington and Sum ter and Charleston. The telegrams are published in the order in which they were sent and received and explain themselves: DARLINGTON, S. C., March 28. Constables raiding. Armed men walking streets swearing they will shoot. J. B. FLOYD. To Sheriff Scarborough, Darlington, S. C.: Columbia. S.., March 28. I expect you to preserve the peace 4 and seethat the law is upheld. B. R. TILLMAN. Darlington, March 28. Fighting sure. Mens with guns swear they are going to kill. .J. P. KIRVE-. W. H. Lawrence, Darlington: Wire me bow many constables iI Dailington. Keep me posted. . B. R. Tillsaan. Captain Darlington Guards, - Darling ton, S. C.: ' Put your command under orders of Sheriff and preserve the peace. 1. R. TILLMAN Governor.* Darlington, March 28. Guns taken away from Darlington Guards by mob. -J. B. FLOYD. ' Darlington, March 28. Six constables here. Not enough to hold crowd down. Winchesters. and shot guns displayed. C. B. SWAN. Captain Darlington Guards: I hear your arms have been taken by mob. Answer if this is true. B. B. TILLMAN. Sheriff Scarborough, Darlington, S. C.: If you do not arrest those resisting the law and assist constables in their work it will be the worse for you. Darlington. Guards ordered to obey your commands. Answer. B. R. TILL4AN, Governor. C. B. Swan, Darlington, S. C.: Sheriff has been ordered to assist you and Darlington Guards ordered to obey his orders. Do your duty. 33. R. TILLMAN, Governor. Darlington, 8. C., March 28. No trouble here apd no prospects of any, 19ut a good matured crowd in town. I can keep the peace. W. F. DARGAN, Mayor. Darlington, S. C., March 28. Telegram received, Have conferred with Sheriff who says there is no dan ger of breachi of the peace arnd no ne cessity for or.dering out malitia. -~H ENRY TI. THOMPSON, Captain Darlington Guards.,. Darlington, March 28. All quiet. Don't anticipate any trouble, If necessary will wire. GEORGE P. SCARSOnOUcIr, To J. 13. Floyd, Darlington, S. C.: Ohief constable has been ordered to Darlin g~on. Have warrants sworn out -against RiU ersons who resisted the constables for riot, cons piracy and re ' sisting an ofticer. Attorney General 4* will come down tomorrow. Gaillard will make the arrests.B. R1. TILLMAN, Darlington, March 28. On receipt of your firsat telegranm I went to. the court house and was in copsultation with officers of mny .com mand concerning it, when during my absence from the arblory a party of citirs.ens went there and took possession of guns. On hearing of it I went to them and demangled" that they surrern ' der thelp imtmedidtely, whioh they did. I now have, all the guns back andh have taken such precautins as will effect. ually prevent a recurrence of the Inci dent. Everything quiet. LIENRYT T. TIIOMPSON, Captain Darlington Guardsa. EERYTHING QUIET. At'9 o'clock last night thie Governor got a telegram. that everything was then quiet in Darlington. The following telegram was received * at 71 o'clock last night. -It had evident ly been written early In the afternoon: Thins ..Dallib n. March 28. ' Thngslook very sq tlly.. Tbhreats being made. Guns ' nd rifles being displayed. Have aiielfconstables all I canl G. P. SOARnOnLOUau, - Sheriff, SUMTER WAS READY. -When the Governor heardi that the arms of the Darlington company had been taken he sent and received the fol lowing telegram: - W.B. Delgar, Sumter, 8. C.: Can i get a special train to carry military from Sumter to Darlington. Ailswer quick. B, R. TILLMAN, Governor. Uaptain Sumter Light Infantry: Uan y cQII4any be . relied on to upho.q tii t V& prop has possession of Darlitaton. Answer. B. R. TILLMAN, Governor. Sumter, S. C,, Mar( 25. The Sumter Light Infantry in up hold the law. A. C. PlIELPs, Captain. Sumter, S. C., March 28. Yes, sir. W. R. DELGAR, S. A. W. 1. Delgar, Sumter: Thanks. Things have quieted down and may not need It. B. R. TILLMAN, Governor. Captain A. C. Phelps, Snmter, S. C.: Later advices report things now quiet at Darlington. If I need you will wire. B. R. TILLMAN. Governor. GAILLARD ORDERED TO DARLIN0TON. The following telegram was seilt to Chief Constable Gaillard at 5 o'clock in the afternoon: Take your entire force of constables, armed with Winchesters to Darlington tonight. B. R. TILLMAN, Governor. The'Statem Pensioners. COLUMBIA, S. C., March 28.-The State pensioners will, in a short time, receive the annual quota of the pension appropriation. For the past week the clerk of the pension board has been re vising the rolls sent in by the various county pension boards,and the work is nearly completed. There are only three more counties-Fairlield, Marion and Kershaw-in which a further revision will have to be made before the board can take final a.1tion and order the preparation of the warrants to be sent to each penaioner. From the returns as made up there has been a total in crease since last year of only ten pen sioners. The number this year is 2,265, as against 2,255 last year. The ordinary expenses,ete., for this year will be paiti out of the amount held over from last year's appropriation. This will in clude about $1,100, the amount of the expenses of the several county boards. The per capita payment which each pensioner will receive for the year will not be less than 822, and it is all to be paid at once. The warrante are to be sent to the several county clerks of court for distribution to the pension ers. The following shows the number of pensioners in each county for this and last y ear: 1894. 1893. Abbeville............. 66 70 Aiken.................. 58 53 Anderson.................148 151 Barnwell.................. 52 6 Beaufort..................1 1 Berkeley...........-,...... 18 19 Charleston.............45 45 Chester.................... 3.1 33 Chesterfield ................ 86 83 Clarendon................. 46 49 Colleton................... 67 64 Darlington................ 68 64 Edgefield..............10 105 Fa Ifield.........,......... 59 57 Florence................. ..32 31 Georgetown.....-.......... 2 2 Greenville...... .....164. 159 Hampton.................. 42 40 lorry..................... 35 37 Kershaw.................. 45 45 Larcaster................. 64 66 Laurens................... 75 77 Lexington................. 5 5 (18 Marion.................... 93 68 Marlboro-................... 36 34 Newberry................. 41 45 Oconee.................... 82 85 Oraogeburg............... 48 51 Pickens ...............57 54 lichiand................. 42 43 Spartanburg...............210- 203 Sumter.................... 54 54 Union..................... 75 70 Williamsburg............. 35 34 York......................125 120 Total................2,265 2,255 Fruit Deatroyedi. COLUMBIA, S. C., March 28--The weather during the past twenty-four hours has been the most remarkable ever known in this section of the South, and as for the last week, noth ing has been heard of to equal it. Du ring Monday night the mercury fell as low as twenty-four degrees, and the mean temperature for the twenty-four hours was just one degree above the freezing point. The temperature did not fall so low as it has in previous Marches, twenty degrees being record ed last sear and twenty-one degrees in 1890. But these records were made the tirst week in March. Never before after tne.20th of March has the mer cury gone below thirty deirrees. Thus it is seen that this March is keeping up Its display as a record-breakor. The moat remarkable fact about it all is that the range has been In the last five days from ninety to twenty-four de grees, something unparelled In the his tory of the weather service. The re markable weather has been caused by a storin similar to the storm In F'ebrua ry. it developed oft the coast east of Florida and moved inland,thus attract ing the influence of the cold wave which was at the same time moving up the Mississippi Valley, and drawing it into a combination by what is techat cally known as the "taction" process. Weatner Obssri~er 13auer says that the damage to the crops and. other vegeta tion cannot be estimated as yet. lie says that all fruit, With the' exception of apples, is killed beyond a doubt, and the farmers are going to be very heavy losers. He says that corn has been planted Borne time and most of It Ia uip --sprouting. All this, he says, will be killed, as will early pdtatoes and wheat and oat crops.- Mr. Bauer says the far roers throughout the State had planted earlier an(1 much heavier than usual thip year, and they are going to suffer a great deal. lie saysthyadbgte prospects -this year thy has brien known in years before. The Late ?reSOe. CHARLESTON, March 29.--The cold wave came as predicted and.- has-dam aged crops in the neighborhood to a great extent. The freeze was s'evere in this section and many thousands of dollars would not repay the damages done in the-single night. Not only that however, but tonight an even more se vere frost if expected and this may add much to the damage. The farmers of tho Neck, Mount Pleasant and Young's Island report the killing of cucumber, watermelon and squash vinds. These will have to be planted over. The young strawberries and blossoms are dead-this means berries three weeks late. Peas are perhaps half killed, that is to say half the crop will be made. Potatoes that were not too far advanced won't suffer, except for a week's delay getting out of the ground again, here, however small potatoes were already forming; that lot is a tonta.. oss-u A SUMTER SENSATION.' JUDGE BENET ACCUSED OF GAMBLING WITH CARDS Ie Indignantly Danies the Charge from the Benob, and Says Ilo Was Orly Eu gaging in a Social Game of Whit With Friends. Week before last., the Sumter Free man, an Alliance paper that is very much opposed to Gov. Tillman, re marked editorially that Judge Benet of this circuit, who was then holding court in Sumter, was a prototype of Judge Mickey. The Manning Times did not like this, and said some pretty sharp tnings about the editor of the Freeman, whereupo'n the ditor of the said paper had the following to say in last week's paper: "Since the Manning Times undertakes to report rumors about the favorable impres s8on Judge Benet has made upon our peoplei here we regard It as essential to truth and to a future proper administration of jus tice that we should publish the rumors of a different character that are passing around thick and fast. We hear that since Judge Denet has been here presiding in the day time In our Courts he has been almost ev ery night playing cards with persons known as professionals. Of course every body has heard that Judge Benet before his election was a notorious gambler, but since kis elec tion It was hoped he would try to menid his ways a little. It is distressing to think he has not done so. We know that the fore. man of the grand jury has had his attention called to this matter and we hope it will be well ventilated before we are through with It., We want no gambling Judges." Upon seeing the --%ove Judge Benet in open Court at Sumter last Wednes day morning made the following state ment: .I wish the attention of the members of the Bar and the juros present and the jurors and oficers of the Court con cerning a matter which has arisen since the adjournment of Court yes terday. It is a very painful matter, which I cannot well pass over. When I left the Court House yester day evening and got to my lodging I found in my mail a newspaper, pub lished in this town, addressed to me and marked in certain places, In that pap er I was openly charged with consort ing with professional gamblers of Sumter and spending my nights card playing and gambling. The charge has been made against me openly as a Judge. I have no means of redress, except to answer it from the bench as a Judge. The office I hold deprives me of the ordinary personal means of redress, and while it is true thatoflice puts In my hands power by which such conduct migh' be justly and severely punished, I will not use this power in m'y own behalf. I do say as a true man the charge is false, absolutely false, without even the semblance of truth as a foundation fo it. Gentlemen, I feel I owe this state ment to members of the Bar, of whose profession I am an humble member. I feel I owe it to the officers of the Court, who have been so kind and courteous to myself. I owe it to the jurors who are present and the grand jury who are absent, especially in view of my charge to Che grand jury concerning their duty as ollicers of the law. I know I owe it to the people, whose re presentatives elected rfe to the uffice I now hold. I owe it to the good men and women of Sutmter, whose kind hospitality I havo enjoyed. 1 owe it to the oflice I now hold, however ineffl ciently. I owe it to myself and to those who bear my name to say that the man who wrote this charge wrote what was utterly untrue, without excuee and without foundation. I cannot compre hend what motive lie had. I hardly know the mau. I never cross his path, I know no reason whatever for his at tack. Hq must have been shamefully imposed upon by his informant, or he must have wilfully believed lies that were told him. [ therefore feel that the only way to meet the published accu 'sation is to do so thus promptly and publicly. I cannot go into the newspapers. I will not. My hands are tied. Men of proper sentiments comprehend what I mean by that. Good men know I moan by that. The best way to meet a false hood is to confront it with the truth. And this is the simple truth: that during the three weeks I have been In Sumter my goings oub and my com ings in have been seen and known by all wiho cared to see and know. Nothing I have said or done and no where I have gone would I seek to hide from the most blameless man and the purest woman. So far as that is con cerned my conscience is clear. Wherever L .en joyed the hospitality of friends I met good men and good women, and while in their company I did not see anything that had the ap pearance of evil or tile suggestion of it. What probably Is the only foundation for the charge is this-althoughl it seems pitifLI that I have to make tihe statements that follow matters purely of private life. On twoloccasions during these thre e weeks, and only on two oc. casions, I have Been or handled cardls. I played whist in company with three other men Wiho are piayers in the pre sence of ladies for one and a half or two hours at a time. We engaged in a harmless and innocent game of whist with no appearane or suspicion of money or gambling. I owe it to the gentlemen who played with me, as they are charged with be mng pro fesslonal gamnblers, to say that if they are gamblers the fact in a ro velation to me, for I never heard It of them nor have I overseen them gamn bWing. Th'lis is the only fouindat ion for the charge that 1 nave nightly been gam bling and conisortinig wIth professional gamlers. YOU will suffer me' to say that when I assumed the gwnt ot a .1 udge it was With the honest ende~tavor anid determimu ation to perform thme dties~j0 of that of flee so as to.- deserve the ap prov ali of good men anid of my ownl consolenco, and I to sty 11he men who electedi me to tha1 t (ollee anid to the grand jadry, if thle manim who made tis charge can prove thle truth of what he slays I will tal(e the robe of olbce off my shoulders and leave thi. einn. as5 1 -ouhgt to (10. But I have said enough. It is very true that when a faldehood starts onl its way the truth finds it very hard to over take it. It may be the nlewapaprtin~ the State may copy this false accusa tion. If they do. I hops they will also state that IT avthsoeIadcu ing ihrestigation, denied it from the Bench. I have no fear of investigation, it it :.onducted in the white light of truth and honesty. Having said this I leave the matter In the hands .f the good people of Sumter who I think will not allow one who is vomr ratively a stranger to suffer from i false charge made by one of their fel ow townsmen. I leave your town and ounty in a few days and when I do so [ shall feel confident that I leave my ,haracter and reputation in good hands. This is my last word on this matter. Htving IIrd T mes. SAN ANTONIO, Tex., March 28.-The southern Pacific ofilcials here today re %eived news of a startling nature from ,he agent at Sierra Blanch where the inited industrial army, commanded by Leneral Frye, is camped. This news Is to the effect that at least 400 of the nembers of the army are in a starving 3ondition, and that they are so weak for lack of food that they are unable to walk and some of them cannot even itand up on their feet, having gone without a bite of food for three days. Uhere Is a large number of mere boys n the army and these are the greatest iufferers. There is absolutely nothing )ut a desert of sand of scacti for many niles around Sierra Blanch and the trmy has no means of obtaining sup plies or food of any kind. Their suf 'ering is so intense that open threats were made by the men to-day that they 3ommence committing depredations upon the railroad companies trains and property if they were not hauled out of the place within the nexr, few hours. I'hese threats have caused great uneasi ness among the railroad officials and aegotiations were closed this evening with the people of El Paso for the re moval of the army to San Antonio on a special train, which will leave Sierra Blanch to-night. The railroad company is paid by the people of El Paso for hauling the men to this city. A hun dred members of the army left Sierra Blanch last night via the Texas and Pacific Railroad for St. Louis via Tex arkana and the Iron Mountain. There is still 500 men to come to Sin Antonio. Gen Frye has again joined his army, arriving at Seirra Blanch last night. le is doing his utmost to prevet the men from committing depredations and will acc-ompany them to Sin An tonio. The police authorities here state that if the army comes here as paid pas sengers, they will have no authority to corral the men and make them continue their way West. A dispatch whs received here to-night from Sierra Blanch describing the con dition of the industrial army which left, that place to-night at 9:30 o'clock on a special train, provded by the peo ple of El Paso, tor San Antonio. This dispatch states that when the army ar rived at Sierra Blanch, some of the men were so faint from hunger and exposure that they dropped in their tracka and were picked up and carried to camp by their comrades. A beef and 400 pounds of flour were at once purchased by the citizens of Sierra Blanch, which made one good meal; Tne men were so fam ished that their stomachs would not ret'in the food. Yesterday morning, another beef was slaughtered and the men had another meal. General Frye endeavored to get the men to leave on foot last evening, but his followers could not walk, owing to the weak ness. The dispatch further states that the men are gentlemanly and that there are ministers, lawyers, merchants and mechanics among them. Forced to Resign. WASHTNGTON, Mach 28.--This official announcement was made at the Treasury this afternoon: "Mr. J. B. Brawley, Sixth auditor of the Treasury Dopartment, today ten dered his resignation to the President, to take e fi'dct upon the appointment and qulification of hiis successor. Mr. Braw Iey is a citizen of Meadvilie, Pa.. is a lawyer by prolessIon, and was appointed auditor A pril 19, 1893. The position pays *3,600 per annum. No action has yet been taken on his resignation, and it is not known when it will be accepted. This is the first prominent official ap pointed by tile present administration 'who has resigned. His resignation is understood to have been forced. For some time past the relations of t he sixth auditor and Secretary Carlisle have not been pleasant, and six weeks ago, there was quite a scene in Secretary Carlisle's room between tile sixth auditor and the Sacretary. Secretary Carlisle has not been impressed with Mr. Brawley's exe cutive capacity. The work oi tbe sixth auditor's ofice is far behind; methods employed were not business-like, and Postmaster General Bissell, Secretary Carlisle and the President, six weeks ago, came to the conclusion that a change was necessary in the office. Mr. Brawley called at the Treasury Depart ment yesterday and lermally tendered his resignation. Thle sixthl auditor's of fice audits all the accounts of the Postof flce Department. It is the largest audi. tor's office in thle Treasury, and is as large as the entire Agricultural Depatt ment. A Very Stran ge Story. CowMnrA, S. C., March 97.--A re markable story comes from Monticello 8. (1. A fe w nights ago Tom Suber one of Capt. T. M. Liles' tenants, called to him and told him that his corn house was open. Hie aroused himself at once forgetting that he was in his eighty second year, and feeble too, gathered his gun and went to see what was the mastter. He found two negroes with their sacks shucking and shelling corn. He called for help and when Richard son, a white man living near the yard came, they tied the two thieves. intend ing to keep them til morning. The two thieves now began begging and working on tile sympathie~s of the old captain to be0 released from the fetters anid declaro:i that they would remain there in charge of a trusty colored man. All agreed to it finally and they took the fettera off. When the captain went Lo his own home the negroes all lay down, some on bedsteads and some on beds on the floor. When all seemed to bo asleep, one of the thieves, Simon Beaut~y, took his knife and cut the throat of the o'her thief, (ilarvy Miles) cutting the wind pipe half in t wo and severing some small arteries, and bare ly missing the. jugular. Tihe small blood vessels discharged a large quan tity of blood. The wound and the loss of blood makes is recovery very un certain. The theif that did the bloody deed made good his escape to parts not known. THE FREEMAN REPLIES. Why It Acoused Judge Benet of (sm)b lUng at Sumter. Our readers will find in another col umn a matter of extreme interest to every good citizen, touching Judge Benet's conduct and reputation and what he had to say, from the bench, in reference to the structures of the Free man. By reacing carefully what we said, reprinted today, which drew forth the Judge's remarks, it will clearly ap pear that things are taking the course we were seeking to have them take, a thorough ventilation-and of course we are pleased to llad the issue so squarely met by the Judge. There was really no other course left for him. His remarks are as pointed in. dental and challenge to further investigation as we could wish. We sent him, as is our rule, a marked copy, because we de sired his special attention to this mat. ter, which more concerns him than any one else. He saw we meant what we said. The Manning Times appeared to us to be trying to "boost" a judge of its faction for purely factional advan tage, at a sacrilice of truth in regard to his reputation in this town and ru mors concerning his conduct and we believed, as we said, "that it was es sential to truth and to a future proper administration of justice" that we should report the rumors we were hearing of a very different character from those reported by the Times. We ask for a careful examination of what we said. We do not charge that Judge Benet actually gambled here, but we say that we hear-that is, it was com mon rumor-that he was playing cards almost every night with persons known as professionals, that is reputed to be professionals, and that it was distressing to think that he had not, :s was hoped, mended his ways, since his elevation to the bench, as before his elevation everybody had heard of him as a notorious gambler. Now we sulo mit that his previous reputation, cou pled with his card-playing since his arrival here, with persons reputed to be men who play for money, was enough to cause remark and set ru mors flying thick and fast, to the great hurt of tha dignity and elliclency of the judicial oflice and to a future prop er administration of the law. We re garded his election to the bench a pub. lic calamity and had found, as we thought, that even his card playing habit was not to be abated for the sake of judicial proprieties. As we have nc personal feeling whatever against Judge Benet, (have no cause to have at he has correctly stated), we suppost that we are made as glad by his point ed denial of the correctness of tie ru mors as any other good citizPn in the State will be. All we desire is a good judge, a judge not only of good char acter previous to his election, out o1, good conduct after his election and we must say that Judge Benet's eager, earnest and emphatic denial of his gambling, or association with gamolers since his stay here, is a help to good morals among our people, because it shows that he thinks gamblers are peo ple to shun, whn one has been elected to office of honor, dignity ana trust and that he has made up his mind to repudiate such associates in the future. We want all our young men to mark this! The judge is ashamed to asso ciate with gamblers. We know that all the good people will rejoice at this information and it is to be hoped that the judge will be so out of the way of playing for money and of playing with those who play for money that when he is retired from the bench, he will never resort to such evil ways again and companions of such malodorous character that they are unfIt for a well behaved judge to associate with. Then, too, it is a great gain for S3umter to have the testimony of a j udge from the bench that the persons he has been playing cards with are not gamblers that is they do not play cards for mon ey-as has been generally supposed by our people. As to whether there was a "semblance of truth as a foundation" for the arti cle in the Freeman on Tuesday we wvill say that the foreman of the grand jury stated to the editor of this paper these rumors had come to him. T'he report er of the Freeman, Mr. P'eebles, the latter part of the first week of court said that he had heard of it as a cam mon rumor around town that Judge Benet was gambling at night. The same general rumor was also spoken of to the editor of the Freeman (names given on demand), and the fact that the fellows around town were guy ing "Rosy" about playing so much with the Judge. It was also stated to the reporter of the Freeman by a good citiien whose name we are requested to withhold, but it will be given if de manded, that Judge Benet was seen] p laying cards at the resludenco of Mr. D.Rosend orf, several inights to a late hour during the first week of court here! Mr. Peebles, the reporter of the Free man, in passing Mr. Rosendorf's resi dence last Monday night about 10 30c o'clock, saw in the open parlor Judge Benet. Mr. if. C. Moses, Judge 8. W. Melton and Mr. D. Rosendorf, seated at a table engaged in a game of cards. The matter being talked of around town as the reporter well know, this circumstance was mentioned by the reporter to the editor for his int orma tion in the matter. Mr. 8. A. Nettles toild the reporter of the Freeman, Mr. Peebles, in defense of .Judge Blenet, that the Judge nlad told him rthat he had been trying to avoid Mr. Rlosendorf as much as possi bie. The Judge seemed to know that the companionship of Mr. Rtosendorf would turnishi the "nemblance of the foundation" that he was gambling, and so (lid we. alnd hence we demanded a further investigation and are exceed ingly happy to have the .Judge's word under most solemn obligations that Mr. Rosuindorf is not a gambl-r and in future he need not avoid him onl this account, nor needl others suspect him because of such association. In deed it is evident now that Sumter has no gamblers. .Judge flenet's testimony from the bench sweeps the town clean of the suspicion that we have. Tihmose who once played for mney do so no more--they now leave out the salt that gave the savor and take it free of stimulants. Let us all rejoice at the discovery. T'he Judge intimates that he could punish the editor of the Freeman, but generously stays hie 'iand. We ask no Co~aideration at his hands. We have violated no la and he kenows i full well. lie should not talk buncombe from the bench. As people are naturally averse to al lowing their names for publi~ation in matters of the. above character the editor of the Freeman has made an aflidavit giving times, places and per sons specifically stated, to enable Judge Benet to get as far away as he may wish into the investigation of the charges made by the Freeman, That affidavit Judge Benet can get by ask ing for it. We have no means of mak ing people testify to unpleasant things. If he wishes the names of the persons who furnish us this information lie can get them in the above manner. Sumter Freeman. J ACK FROST'S WORK. The Fruit Crop in GeerIa Ias Been Nip prd in the Bud. A 'rL A NTA, March 27.-Reports fr 3m every section of the state upon the ef rects Of Lhecold are'of a very discouraging nature. Ti peach crop has been destroyed in many places, and, In the lower part of the state, melons and early vegetation which were well u) and on the way have been comipletely destroyed. In th northwestern part of the stale, the news comes of the almost total de struction of wheat and oats. Colonel Felix Corput, of Floyd county, one of the largest grape growers in the the south reports his loss at $2 500. WmlRlsCK IN 'rENNESS.E, NAsuIvi ii.a, March 27.--.Ist SAtur day ni-ht's killing frost, haa been fol lowed by a frec z3, which has about des troyed all prospects for fruit in this sec tion. All the early planted Irish pota toes and much garden truck has been killed. The thermometer stood at 19 dogrees above zero, and it is expected to drop to 15. This cold suap was colder Lhau it hae been this late in March in 23 years. LOW DOWN AT NORFOLK. Noiw'oixK, March 27. -The thermom eter went down to 24 degrees in this section during the night, causing ice to torin half an Inch thick. The high winds prevented a heavy fr 'st, but the cold has injured the strawberry and pea crop-; but to what extent cannot be as certained. The principal loss will be to those two croiss. IN NeIri CAROLINA. G HEENSUolto. March 27.-This sec, tion .as VliLed by a severe freeze thai has ruinedl the l':uit and early vegeta, bles. I. is feared also that the wheal crop, which is remaricably advanced, 18 badly dvnagzred. WIIlEAT IN TI1 I WsT. CilicAuo, March 27.--laports from many oinits in, the wheat growing re gion west and north-.vest iistily thE statement that winer wheat is serious ly daLm dby Life recent cold suap. NICV YORK (I CA P'E C01'. BUFFALo, March 27.-Repor(s from Chautauqua county state that the cold snap has worked terrible havoc to the grane crop. Thousands of acres of vinevards are tot ialy wiped out. NI 'I'l.D TI 1 VIRGINTA FIRUIT. Lx'YNC!I 1d(i. Mtcli 27 --Ts tiher monetur wcntL down to 18 during the niigit. All early fruit is killed. Re ports ironi southwest Virginia say the thbermometer went to 13. Unlimit(d 81ivor Coinage. WASIlINOTON, March 28.---Senator S"wart, of Novada this morning took the preliminary steps in the fight O r the free and unlimited coinage of silver that is to be injaugurated, according to common gossip, as soon as the Presl dent sends iII his veto of the Bland seigniorage bill. Mr. Stewart had his bill lald upon0 the table instead of p~er nitting it to go to the committee on fin-. ance, as it, would in) the ordinary course of business. "I1 do not propose that this bill shall be putt to 81leep, as have all that have preceded it, o1 the same chra ter,'' said Mr. Stewart. "It has gone to the table, where it can be called iul) at any time f,>r remarks, andI some re marks wili be very likely made by my sell anid other silver men on this sub ject.'" Mr. Stewart will not have to (de 1)a11( upon01 Republicans for his support in this matter. Th'le prop~osition to in trodluce and1( push to a final passage a free comnare hill, absolute in its provi sions, has b~en b~rewing for some days, andi a leading member of the laance committee, who belongs on the Demo-. cratic side, saidl this morning that lie believed such a bill would pass the Sen ale by a lair majority and that,, too, without extendedl debate, if the P'reai-. (lent vetoed the Bland bill. lie was positive suchm a measure would passi the Ihouse, and waa rqually certain that an other veto wouldl be interp-osed. This Senator, however, took the ground that thme subicct of' free coinauge would not, be permitted to stand in the way of the speed~y conlsideraition of' the tariff bill. TIhme silver meni who had fought all the time for the free coinage of that metal, and1( protested against what they please to term as mnakeshmiits and compromises, are willing to believe in the veto, for the reamon that from that p~oint of view it only adds to the tac',ion in other cir cdes and make tihe pasa8ge of a free coin a.te bill easier. C~OLUM lilA, S. 0., March 24.--Gover nor TI'llmani granted a pardon) today to .Jooph W. Jaimei who wias convicted of imviog caui e' ile murder of his father. T[ho murt der occurred in D)arlington county fo'ur or lIve years ago and cre a' ed muchl talk at lihe time. Old man James was wealth~iy aid it was thought ''at he w:as muirderedi or his money. Ifsa soni efbred a reward of *$1,000 for theO (detec onl and conviction of~ the mur .(derer. Suspicion finally pointed to the son. Uo~ was c snvicted abler three trials and1( sent, I ' the Penitenitiary where hie has been two years. Iea is about thirty li ve or h rty years oil. Si ice his convic tioni lhere hias been a revlusion of senti menlt and thme people do not believe that Jamnes Is uihty. lie was convicted on bile test imony primcipally of a negro named BliU Scott, 'a notoriou) Scouindmrel anud thie. A monster petition was got. teni upl in .James' behalf wich was signed by Solicitor Johnson. Judge Watts in Vestigated the muvter and ho also recoim mendled the pard n. A coniminttee from ID trhngton consaua~ of Massrs. W. T, Early, B. A. E irly, Rev. J. 8. DuBose, called onm the Glovernor L day and urged the pardon. Jam ia ort *2o,000. AN ANIMATED COLLOQUY. BETWEEN CONGRESSMAN MCLAURIN AND EDITOR GANTT. The Congressman Uses Some Very PiSIn Language to the Editor-An Unseemly Afrair-Our Public Men Should Hold Their Tempers. SPARTANBURG. S. C., March 25.-A big mass meeting was hold here to-day. After speeches by several candidates for Governor and Congress,' Congressman McLaurin was called upon for a speech. He said lie appreciated the spirit of the courtesy and fair play that induced the crowd to gib o him such a warm invita tion to speak; that Mr. Wilson had talked in a very glib way about the birth of the Reform Movemeut in Spartan burg County, but he (EUcLaurin) saw the baby born and was the midwife at 1885-bedded the mam-ny and tather of it, for Tdilman was both. His whole past had been devoted to the cause of Reform and his future and the tuture of his children depended upon whether this movement shall be made a great, glori ous and grand success, or whether It shall be prostituted and made a disgrace and a reproach to every man who has ever had anything to do with it, by mis. erable, selfish, scheming politicans who have no interest in it save the dollars and :ents that they can make out of it. The only place where he had heard of any complaint in regard to his course as a Reformer has been from a certain lit tle organ in your city. T. L. Gentt interposed and said: "I suppose you are referring to me." McLauriL: "If'the cap fits you wear it, sir.'' Gin't: "The cap fits me and it's big4 organ." McLaurin: "Yes, Gantt, about the siz of your mouth, and that is a big one. But I've got something more im. portant to talk about than Gantt." The crowd seemed somewhat aston ished at anybody having the temerity to attack Editor Gantt and was very much iclined to take Gantt's part, but Me. Liurin's hold manly oratory told upon tnem and in a ltttle while Gantt was left with but a half dozen heolers aroundihim -those with whose aid he had been try ing to interfere with those speakers whom he did not like. Gantt interrupted MeLiurin to ask if it was true that he had ridden to the State line upon a railroad pass. McLaurin: "No., And the man who says 1(did is n infernal liar." Gantt admitted that he had asked the question on the strength of a telegram from Washington saying that he-had done it. The crowd supposed the telegram was frn Senator Irby and was curious to hear McLaurin's reply to this Informa tion. It came quick and strong as fol lows. "The man who sent the telegram, '1.1 the nrin who ininuates that I did t upon a free pass is an infernal liar." McL'turin shlowed no anger though he hit so hard. He quitely drew his ticket out of his pocket and handed it to the chairman of' the meeting to refute the slander. Gantt then undertook to ask another question, but McLaurin said: "No, sir. You have put yourself in the dirt and mire where you- are beneath the notice of a gentleman and I'll not answer an other question, and I want you to under. stand that I am not in the Reform move ment to save a few paltry dollars by riding on free passes. You are in the Resform movement for base and sordid purposes, to wring the dollars out of those people by deceiving and deluding McLaurin continuing, said: "It was the bravery and chivalry of the lIberty. loving citizens of this beautiful Piedmont Belt that dluring the trying days of re construction ro lied back the black tide of negro domination and rescued this State from carpet-bagism, and the rule of Ithe alien. 18 that chivalay dead? Has the spirit of faiir layi departed from your breast that you allow a political hench man and an imported Georgia hireling to insult your guest and one of the rep. resentatives of South Carolina in Con gress?"~ The indignation of the crowd against Gantt's course showed Itself by the loud and long continued applause of these words. While the excitement was at its high. est, General Farley said In a cold, metal lic voice: "Yes, and its not the first lie lie (')antt) has insinuated." When the crowd had finished yelling the apuroval of McLaurin's sentiment one voice shouted "Hurrah for the Head light." Mcbaurin called attention to the fact that only one man had yelled for the Iheadlight, but the shouter could gel, no reinforcements, McLaurin told him he was one poor, pitiful little headlight by himself, which drew down on the shou ter the laughter of the crowd. Prior to these exciting episodes Mc L7 iurln had another spat with Gantt, who wanted to know whether McLaurin wvould sup~ort Tillmian or Butler and said some one had telegraphed him from Washington to ask that qnestion. Mci~'urin replied: . ".Neither you nor your boss in Washington can bulidose me. I will support the man who stands flaitfooted for our demands." Gantt tried to claim that this was not a direct answer, but the crowd evidently concurrred in the opinion that McLsurin was right in saying that Tillman ought only US5 supported just so long as he, s'tick to 'he principles of the farmers' movement and no longer, and commend ed his position of refusal to say he would hhindly supiport Tiliiman without any re faruce to his principles-Register. The War is Over. IAUGoUSTA, GA. March 24.-Col. D. B. Dyci, wvho was elected colonel of the 6th Georgia regiment, was called on tonight by a committee fcom differernt comnpamies and oficially notifled of his election. Col. Dyer was forced on ac. couut ~of husiness to refuse the offiee aud~aniotheir mqan will hove to be belected Col. Dyer'si erection as colonel of the Georgia reir499 'vas signiaicant from the tact that he ffr a Repubican, and was a - I ofiere in the UT'mn arm.